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The Sermon on the Fall of Rome

(2014)
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This sweeping generational novel, which spans the 20th century, begins with an old man considering a photograph of his long-dead siblings and mother. His bitterness about his family, with its absent father and far older brothers and sisters, is painful to him still.

Yet this familial bitterness pales when compared with his profound irritation at the recent disappearance of the highly skilled barmistress Hayet from his local bar. She was, after all, a woman who knew how to make a fine home away from home for her patrons--even for lonely ones like Marcel.

A succession of would-be barmen and hostesses descends on the Corsican bar in the hopes of taking Hayet's place, with disastrous and often hilarious results. But then Marcel's illegitimate grandson Matthieu and his streetwise best friend Libero return from the Parisian university where they had been studying philosophy and decide to have a go at running the bar themselves.

Initially the lifelong friends are a great success, but as reality increasingly intrudes on their idyll, they begin to see before their very eyes that St. Augustine's observation that all empires must inevitably crumble applies as much to village bars as it did to the ancient Romans.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2016 : USA Hardback
Title: Sermon on the Fall of Rome
Author(s): Jerome Ferrari
ISBN: 1-62365-726-1 / 978-1-62365-726-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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September 2014 : UK Hardback
Title: The Sermon on the Fall of Rome
Author(s): Jerome Ferrari
ISBN: 0-85705-290-X / 978-0-85705-290-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

February 2017 : USA Paperback
Title: Sermon on the Fall of Rome
Author(s): Jerome Ferrari
ISBN: 1-68144-311-2 / 978-1-68144-311-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

August 2015 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sermon on the Fall of Rome
Author(s): Jerome Ferrari
ISBN: 1-78206-839-2 / 978-1-78206-839-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

February 2016 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Sermon on the Fall of Rome
Author(s): Jerome Ferrari
Publisher: MacLehose Press
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September 2014 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Sermon on the Fall of Rome
Author(s): Jerome Ferrari
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Availability: Amazon UK   


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